Monday, 2 July 2007
This is a Gotland sheep. Doortjes absolute favourite at Woolfest. Oh yes, there were many sheep more, but the Gotland sheep were the most attractive to her. I was allowed to see one stand at the time and then we had to head back to those sheep immediately.
For me as wool lover Woolfest was worthwhile. It is a great pleasure to feel and see all kinds of wool and the sheep who produce that particular wool. And to see all the magnificent colours of hand dyed yarn. And to see a lot of people spinning and weaving. She gave me this drop spindle and some Merino roving.
Unfortunately I was not able (in time) to attend the 'Spinning with Hand Spindle' workshop, so I have to learn it myself from the Internet. Or maybe I find myself a spinners group in the area, we do have a lot of sheep here :).
I did not only watch, but also bought some stuff. One kilo of undyed organic wool, a bar of Olive soap (one of the things I want to do in the near future is felting wool), two bars of Woolfat soap and two hanks of sock wool: one 100% BFL and one Trekking XXL (75% wool, 25% nylon).
Yesterday was 'sock wool dyeing day', I also dyed a hank of 75% BFL/ 25% nylon. One thing is for sure, superwash wool is not easy to dye. The dye secures less easy. I have used the citric acid method as well as the dihswash liquid method.
Here is the result
From left to right: BFL/nylon; Trekking yarn; BFL sockyarn
The red yarn is done with acid dyes and, for the sweet smell, some Cherry Kool Aid. That yarn is meant to be a pair of socks for DS-12, who wants socks 'as red as it can be'.
Finally: the Elfine socks are finished. They look lovely and have a nice fit.
With the leftover yarn I started the same socks for DD. I only have to convert the pattern a bit to toddler size 7.